Chank Blog

November 5, 2010, 1:44 pm
Filed under: Artworld

Big thanks to my mural collaborators Adam Turman and Anne Ulku who helped me cover the Creative Lighting building in fine art. And also big thanks to photog John Wallace who came out to take pictures of us at the mural site! We’ll be having a little opening at the mural site on Thursday, December 2nd, from 6-8 pm. Hope you can make it!

New Murals in St. Paul!
November 5, 2010, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Artworld, Chank Art, FontSightings

Hooray! We finished FOUR new murals in October! You can see these four big walls at the Creative Lighting building in St. Paul, MN. Murals by Chank Diesel, Adam Turman & Anne Ulku. Hooray for big art!


Making New Murals in St. Paul
October 1, 2010, 7:55 am
Filed under: Artworld, Chank Art, FontSightings, Public Art

I’m working on FOUR new big murals for the Creative Lighting building in St. Paul, MN near 94 & Snelling. All four are still in progress, but here are some preview pics of the first mural. This one, measuring 15′ tall by 65′ wide, is a collaborative piece with Twin Cities’ poster artist and bicycle evangelist Adam Turman, one of my local art heros. He made the design and painted the lady. I made the Drunk Cowboy font and am still working on painting drop-shadows on that. We had lots of friends come out to help, too. Painting is fun. Thanks y’all!

Painting continues on this mural and the other three next week. Extra special thanks to John Wallace who came out to take these “real photographer” pictures of the painting event. For press and media inquiries into this project, please contact JudyJudyJudy.

Adam Turman painting a mural

Adam Turman working on his first big mural.

Chank Diesel painting a mural

Chank rolls out some big cowboy letters.

Chank Diesel and Adam Turman working on a mural

Chank Diesel & Adam Turman

Volunteer painting crew hard at work on a mural

All-volunteer crew hard at work.

My Worst Public Art Idea So Far
November 24, 2009, 12:16 pm
Filed under: Artworld, Bizarre, Chank Art

failed public art project : yoga + sculpture, interactive

Okay, I think this may be my worst public art idea ever, but I had to share it with someone to get it out of my head. You might have to click on the pic to get a better, bigger view. As it turns out it’s not the child’s pose at all, it’s really the “Uttana Shishosana (Extended Puppy Pose).”  This public art project is not slated for groundbreaking at this time.


New Street View
November 3, 2009, 1:31 pm
Filed under: Artworld, Chank Art

Ding on Hennepin

Ding peers out the window of his new studio on E Hennepin in Minneapolis.

Fundraiser Art Auction for NE Neighborhood Group
March 21, 2009, 8:11 am
Filed under: Artworld, Chank Art



Chank Art "HOORAY!"

Chank Art "HOORAY!"

You can see it listed here:

This painting is being sold in a fundraiser for the St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization. It’s a big painting on thin plywood, measuring about 8 feet by 2 feet, so I’d really like to sell it to somebody in NE so I don’t have to ship it elsewhere. It’s my patriotic inaugural art which was on display as a public art piece on the Art Jones lawn at 2nd St & 3rd Ave NE. Now it’s been taken down and it’s for sale at a great opening bid of only $49.

Here’s a great chance to get a significant piece of Chank Art at a great price if you can come over here and pick it up in person. 100% of the sale price of this font will be donated to STAWNO to help them raise money to move the Pioneers statue over to the new BF Nelson park site. This painting was featured on numerous blogs in the past few months. Like these: 

Visit my eBay pages to see more and make your bid for a good cause. Thanks!

Ding and the Pioneers
March 1, 2009, 5:18 pm
Filed under: Artworld, Chank Art

IMG_2993, originally uploaded by mattdesmond.

Here’s Ding standing atop some urban rubble next to the Pioneers sculpture near the BF Nelson park site. The Pioneers sculpture weighs 25 tons and will be moved across the street once the area is tidied up a bit. The rubble will be hauled off later, too.